As the title suggests, the film was intended to launch a franchise. Orion Pictures reportedly wanted to create an American James Bond, but Remo Williams’ reception didn’t spawn any sequels. Ward’s brief stint as a leading man was over.
When Hong Kong film producers traveled to the States in search of the next Bruce Lee in 1983, nobody expected them to recruit a female martial artist. The Hong Kong film industry was dominated by men back then, but that had never stopped Cynthia Rothrock before.
Rothrock was a karate champion who defended her title against male competitors, in an era when there wasn’t a dedicated women’s league. Film producers recognized her cinematic potential and signed her up to a three-movie deal.
Rothrock proved extremely popular with moviegoers in Hong Kong, where she became known as The Blonde Fury. She ended up making a total of ten movies overseas before returning to America to launch an assault on Hollywood. Sadly, it didn’t pan out.
Despite her success overseas, Rothrock usually played second fiddle to male American stars. She half expected to get a call when The Expendables brought together a bunch of action stars from years gone by, but the phone never rang.
French actor Olivier Gruner began his martial arts training at age eleven after being bullied at school. The Paris native joined the military after graduating, joining an elite unit comparable to America’s Navy Seals. When his military career ended he got into prizefighting and worked the odd security job. One such role would change his life forever.
Brian Bosworth | 0:15
Fred Ward | 1:13
Cynthia Rothrock | 2:17
Olivier Gruner | 3:08
Jeff Wincott | 4:03
David Bradley | 5:00
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